Bill Of Rights Essay

Submitted By AngryPotato
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The Constitution was remarkable, but deeply flawed. For one thing, it did not include a specific declaration - or bill - of individual rights. It specified what the government could do but did not say what it could not do.
Let us start off with some facts about how the Bill of rights promotes civil rights and protects diversity: Freedom of speech, freedom of assemble, the right to vote, the right to keep and bear arms, and the freedom from having property taken without just compensation. With this being said, these rights are listed in the Constitution, and can be taken away shall you offend, or break, the US laws. The rights and privileges guaranteed to the citizens of this country have long attracted individuals seeking greater religious or political freedoms. Today, the United States of America is the most racially, ethnically, religiously, and culturally diverse country in the world. The freedoms listed above have all allowed people to be themselves, express themselves, and associate with others in ways that they choose. The rights that the Constitution's framers wanted to protect from government abuse were referred to in the Declaration of Independence as "unalienable rights." They were also called "natural" rights, and to James Madison, they were "the great rights of mankind." Although it is commonly thought that we are entitled to free speech because the First Amendment gives it to us, this country's original citizens believed that as human beings, they were entitled to free speech, and they invented the First Amendment in order to protect it.
Consider these:
Freedom of Speech and Expression: As a citizen or resident of the United States of America, individuals are free to believe whatever they want. They can also express those beliefs verbally in writing, art, and dozens of other ways. While there are limits on expression, the Supreme Court has always placed the burden of proof on the government to demonstrate that a particular form of expression is so harmful to society that a limitation of free expression rights is warranted.
Freedom of Religious Expression: In many nations around the world, individuals are not free to gather together and associate with like-minded groups of people. Consequently, even if large numbers of individuals have common beliefs or opinions, they are not able to join together in their support of such ideas. In the United States, there are tens of thousands of groups that meet regularly to discuss and pursue common goals.
Under Eminent Domain: Basically, with this, the government can take your property for something that they believe is needed in the area, but they can offer you the value of your house, or double it so you can find a house just as good, or better than the one you have.
Right to keep and bear arms: This is the second amendment. With this one, you can own your own weapons such as: Rifles, handguns, shotguns,